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This review is from: Rough Crossings: Britain, the Slaves and the American Revolution (Hardcover)Rough Crossings by the legendary Simon Schama is a truly mesmerising read from start to finish.
Though it encompasses a vast history on the topics surrounding the issue of slavery it is concise in its details, its prose is quite absorbing and as with his previous works Simon Schama eloquently presents another historical subject.
One of the books strengths is in the way it prompts you to ask questions for yourself on the subject and despite its clear narrative, you are left to make up your own mind and easily formulate your own opinions whereas some histories are rammed down your throat by certain historians.
However the book does make its own point in startling clarity and you are always aware of where the blame should lay.
For some the issue of slavery and race relations are contentious ones but this book helps to set a straight path down any argument concerning these subjects.
Generally more books should be written on the topic of slavery(and race relations) and should be done as well as this one. Because it is not prominantly taught some would argue it is for the want of avoiding argument given the subject matters' contentious nature -which man has allowed to happen. Perhaps it is also because the realisation of just how far human wickedness goes, then and now, is a sickening wrench - at least it should be! A feeling therefore that people would want to ignore!
A previous review has suggested that Schama will cause a storm with this when it is released in America. But why?
As indicated he tells it as it was, the truth and so should be commended even further for shedding light on a subject that is all too easily put in the shade. But then again the Americans are masters of their own downfall!
This is a must read for all and an education in the process!
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